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Top 5: Last-minute UK Bank Holiday breaks

Hay Festival

The Hay Festival in Wales runs from 26 May – 5 June offering talks and events from top literary figures and food authors, including our own Sabrina Ghayour and Eleonora Galasso. We like the look of the Riverside Festival Luxury Yurts complete with comfortable beds and luxury on-site facilities. The best part is that they are available from only £15 per person leaving your more scope to savour the local food offerings.

Chelsea Flower Show

The Saturday of Bank Holiday weekend marks the final day of the world’s most prestigious flower show. Explore the incredible floral exhibits and show gardens on offer and don’t forget to try out the food and drink too. Last year they served 6,000 sandwiches, bloomers and baguettes, 1,000 salads, 43,447 cakes, pastries and cookies and 818 seafood platters, as well as 23,823 glasses of champagne and 104,144 hot drinks – tuck in!

Cheese-Rolling in Gloucestershire

On Monday 30 May, the famous Cheese-Rolling at Cooper’s Hill returns in Gloucestershire. There are no application forms, qualifications or fees, the only requirement is the willingness to run down a steep, nay concave, hill after a large wheel of cheese. The first person to arrive at the foot of the hill in each race wins the cheese – a 7-8lb Double Gloucester.

Alderney Performing Arts Festival

Not officially in the UK (but very close) lies the beautiful island of Alderney. This Bank Holiday weekend they’re hosting a new arts festival featuring jazz, folk and classical music. If this island retreat isn’t already tempting you, we’re sure the hog roast will. We’ll race you to book flights!

The Atholl Gathering and Highland Games

Locals and visitors alike gather at Blair Castle in Scotland for a truly unique Highland tradition that has spanned generations. Saturday sees the Atholl Highlanders’ Parade (the annual inspection of Europe’s last remaining private army) accompanied by pipes and drums. The Sunday Games see heavyweights battling it out in events such as tossing the caber, putting the shot and throwing the hammer. Local trade stands will sort out any hunger pangs. This is certainly not to be missed.